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What is the BEST chocolate cake recipe you know that would taste good with candy bars on top?

I need a really good chocolate cake recipe, and I plan to top it with a snickers bar or something. It has to be amazing, its for a familys birthday and i really want them to LOVE it!

Both of these are amazing. The first one uses a cake mix, and could certainly be topped w/ chopped candy bars once you spread whipped cream on it. The second one is from scratch and rich and dark. Whether you use a mix or from scratch is up to you. Either one is worth the effort!

CHOCOLATE PRALINE LAYER CAKE

• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/4 cup whipping cream
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup chopped pecans
• 1 pkg. Devil’s food cake mix
•1 1/4 cup water
• 1/3 cup oil
• 3 eggs
• 1 3/4 cup whipping cream
• 1/4 cup powdered sugar
• 1/4 tsp vanilla
• toasted pecans, choc curls for garnish

Combine butter, whipping cream and brown sugar. Cook over low hear until butter is melted, stirring, Pour into 2 8-9 in round pans. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. In bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs at low speed until moistened, then beat at high speed for two min. Spoon over pecan mixture.

BAKE 325ºF for 35-40 min. Cool 5 min. Remove, cool completely.

TOPPING: Beat cream to soft peaks. Blend in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form.

ASSEMBLE: Place on plate praline side up. Spread 1/2 topping. Repeat with 2 cake. Garnish with whole pecans and chocolate curls.

–1988 Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner
Photo: http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/ShowRecipe.aspx?rid=11231
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CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE

Butter, for greasing the pans
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup cocoa powder
½ tsp. instant coffee granules
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
6-8 tablespoons water, depending upon thickness you want

With electric mixer on high, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in cocoa powder, doffee, and vanilla on low. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, alternating with water, until desired thickness is achieved. For thinner frosting use more water. For thicker frosting, use less water.

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